Black History Month at UWS

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October is #BlackHistoryMonth and to mark this historic month, the University will be involved in various events with partners.

Commercial music graduate Matt Hickman talks about growing up as person of colour in Ayrshire and why he feels Black History Month is important to celebrate.

Matt graduated from the Ayr Campus in 2012 and is a founding member and lead singer/songwriter of four piece indie-rock outfit Brownbear.

The group released their debut single ‘Dead or Alive’ in May 2014 which subsequently gained them national radio exposure and high profile gigs which included supporting The Libertines at their comeback show at the iconic Barrowland’s Balllroom in Glasgow.

Brownbear then went on to join The Libertines again at their BST Summertime show at Hyde Park before playing at a number of festivals including T in The Park & Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival. An acoustic version of ‘Dead or Alive’ recorded in the BBC Treehouse became the most viewed clip online for T in the Park 2014 ahead of the likes of Arctic Monkeys & Biffy Clyro.

Matt will be performing live on the RenTV website on Wednesday 28 October 2020 20:0

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